Jan Rankin


(posted on 15 May 2016)

Earthwise Gardens in Tsawwassen, BC is a truly magical place for both organic gardeners and flower lovers. Spots like the Hummingbird Garden, the Butterfly Garden are dense, lush and highly colourful to attract bees and of course, hummingbirds and butterflies. The gardens also attract painters who love to work outdoors.

I have painted a few florals but generally I'm not a paint the flowers kind of artist and definitely not garden scenes. To date, all of my work has been created from photographs of places I've been, things I have seen or inspired by songs and poems.

En plein air painting has always seemed daunting to me. I paint rather slowly and I paint in acrylics - fast drying paint. Interesting combination. Painting outside means the paint will dry even faster. There are many opportunities to paint with plein air groups and competitions but nothing has moved me to get out there. Until a chance to paint at Earthwise came up. I put aside my "I can't do that" thinking and tagged along with some good mentors on the past few warm and sunny Saturdays. I had fun. And, I discovered some ways to work with the paint and then to take the sketch and work it a bit more at the studio.